May 18, 2014 at 4pm UK
Greuther Furth
1-1
Hamburger SV
Furstner (60')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Lasogga (15')

HSV boss Mirko Slomka: 'Couldn't have been closer'

Hanover's head coach Mirko Slomka reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayern Munich vs Hannover 96 in Munich, southern Germany, on September 14, 2013
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Hamburger SV boss Mirko Slomka says that the Bundesliga relegation playoff against Greuther Furth couldn't have been closer.

Hamburger SV boss Mirko Slomka has said that this afternoon's Bundesliga relegation playoff against Greuther Furth couldn't have been closer.

HSV secured their top-flight status by hanging on for a 1-1 draw, which saw them win the tie on away goals and maintain their record of being the only Bundesliga side never to be relegated.

"That was the closest of all possible outcomes," said Slomka after the game.

"In the first half we were very, very well prepared. In the second half, the frustration came after [their equaliser]. "

Furth were trying to achieve instant promotion back to the Bundesliga after their relegation in 2012-13.

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